The world is living Olympic games right now, people don’t talk about anything else and it made me think why there is no Dog Olympics? I don’t mean any regional competition but real Dog Olympic Games where in which dogs from all over the world would participate. Dog sports are getting more and more popular and there are many categories in which dogs can compete.
Competitive Dog Sports
According to Jenna Stregowski (whole article) the most popular dog sports are following:
Agility – dogs are lead by their owner over obstacles, through tunnels and various walkways in the specific order. Ideal sport for high energy dogs like Border Collies and Australian Shepherds.
Canine Freestyle – choreographed musical performance by a dog and handler. Looks like dancing with a dog.
Conformation – sport during which purebred dogs are presented and judged. …does it really count as a sport? 😀
Disc Dogs – also called as dog frisbee, you can see in one of our previous videos.
Dock Jumping – a competition where dogs jump from a dock into a body of water in an attempt to achieve great distance or height.
Flyball – a type of race that involves teams of four dogs. One dog from each team runs down a course, jumping hurdles, towards the “flyball box.” The dog steps on a panel and triggers the flyball box to release a tennis ball. The dog then brings the ball back over the hurdles to its handler. Once a dog has completed the course, the next dog is released from the starting line. The first team to have all four dogs complete the course wins.
Herding Trials – trials involve the dog, a group of animals (often sheep), handlers and judges. The handlers give commands and the dogs work their magic.
Lure Coursing – rather than chasing a live animal, dogs chase an artificial lure across a field, compete for best time. Sometimes, obstacles are involved in the race.
Rally Obedience – dog/handler teams must complete a course made up of signs describing specific obedience exercises to perform. Judges design the course and observe as the teams swiftly navigate the course.
Tracking – a tracking trial is a type of test that requires a dog to follow a scent trail. These events mimic search-and-rescue missions, assessing the dog’s natural ability and willingness to follow a trail left by human footsteps.
There are many competitions smaller as regional ones and bigger such as European or World Championships in several categories. The list of upcoming events you can find here.
Upcoming World Championships:
Dog Olympics would integrate all these disciplines/sports in one amazing event. I only see a problem with traveling. Dogs don’t endure long-distance flights well and it could be very stressful for them. What do you think? Would you welcome such an event? 🙂